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Bryan Ferry at the Paramount Theatre show preview 

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When Brian Eno bailed on Roxy Music after two albums, it was anyone’s guess whether the UK act could continue to build upon the success of early singles “Virginia Plain“ and “Do the Strand,” let alone fulfill the potential of more eerily artful tracks like “In Every Dream Home a Heartache.”

As it turns out, they did better than that. Beginning with the campy “Love Is the Drug,” Bryan Ferry’s deep baritone croon — in combination with his band’s curious mix of art-school lounge, German cabaret and glam-rock excess — grew increasingly sophisticated with hits like “Dance Away,” “More Than This” and “Avalon,” the title of track of the 1982 studio album that would turn out to be their last.

Since then, Ferry has been the one to carry on the band’s live legacy, while scoring hits of his own with a cover-heavy repertoire that includes John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy” and Wilbert Harrison’s “Let’s Stick Together.” And while he long ago abandoned the gold-lamé suits — and now refrains from kitschier fare like “Do the Strand” — count on this consummate performer and his band to deliver nearly all of the aforementioned favorites with the kind of style and panache they deserve.

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